The bay is heaven for light tackle and fly rod anglers right now, with large schools of small bass from Sandwich all the way east to Brewster. They are feeding on small bait, mainly peanut bunker and sand eels, making smaller soft plastics an excellent choice.
Cape Cod Bay Reports
The tube-and-worm fishing has been steady in about 20 feet of water from Spring Hill over to Scorton Ledge. Anglers fishing at night have also been picking up enough larger fish on eels to keep them going out; it isn’t gangbusters and there don’t seem to be an great concentrations of fish, but the bass are moving in close to the beaches from Town Neck to Sandy Neck.
The most exciting thing to report in the bay is the presence of good numbers of surface feeding bluefin out around Stellwagen Bank. Also, boaters casting live eels in the dark have been catching bass up to the 30 and 40-pound class in tight to the beaches from the Sandwich town creeks over to Sandy Neck.
Bass, in particular, have been tough to find and what fish they are catching around Billingsgate, the Path, off the Brewster Flats, and pretty much any place east of Barnstable have been on the small side.
There are all kinds of mixed reports coming in from the bay, with some folks stating that there aren’t many large bass around, while others have mentioned small concentrations of bigger fish. There is a vertical jig bite up off of Provincetown, but again, the fish are mainly smaller legal bass, with many boats opting to move over to the backside if the bite is slow or dominated by small fish.
Last weekend, pogies drew both bluefin tuna and bass close to shore in the bay, creating a frenzy of sorts. Jeff from Forestdale Bait & Tackle advised that the tuna have also been found north of Billingsgate at times recently as well.
Despite a few folks still jigging up some mackerel and then livelining them around the deeper water in the harbor, the better option at this point in the season is drifting eels at night or casting them around the dropoffs and grass patches off of Sandy Neck.
Once again, there are definitely a number of spots in the bay where you can catch bass and a number of ways you can do it.
Billingsgate is fishing well for both charter and recreational boats; there is a lot of bait thereabouts in the form of sand eels. The so-called “heavy hitters” are hanging around the east entrance, where there is plenty of bait in the form of mackerel.